Being stubborn might not be an attractive character trait, but it can prove invaluable to dreamers.
I was often told, “If everything got handed to you on a plate, it would lose its value.”
Being in hot pursuit of what we want, thinking about it on a regular basis, being unbelievably stubborn that we refuse to quit, even when it seems like the odds are stacked against us, often gives our lives added meaning, purpose and drive.
(We need to be aware, that if our dreams lose their meaning and attraction – which they might – that our lives maintain theirs. There is a very serious danger of that happening when we put all of our meaningful eggs in our dream basket.)
There’s something to be said for stubborn persistence.
It ignites a fire in the belly, and can get us through difficult legs of the journey we’ve embarked upon.
If we’re on our death bed and our persistence hasn’t paid off, then at least we know we tried. We still didn’t fail. It might become clear at that point, anyhow, that it was all about the process, the journey, not the destination.
I was told that the snail reached the arc through persistence. I would often remind myself of that when I felt like I was on a treadmill, putting all my effort into accomplishing my dream, but seemingly getting nowhere.
Like a play, all the preparation gets done behind the scenes. Yet the audience knows the show will start sometime because that’s exactly why they bought a ticket.
We find ourselves on stage and in the audience simultaneously. Getting our money back isn’t an option.
And why would you want to? You’ve got a VIP ticket to the best show on earth, and it’s got your name all over it.